License Renewal Info
Continuing Education Units (CEU's)
CEU, License Renewal, Replace a CEU, & Requirement for Renewal
Latest Update: 5/14/18
The district will offer a full schedule of CEU classes throughout the school year.
The schedule for continuing education classes will be posted on the website as plans for the classes are finalized.
CLICK on the tab (page) on the left > 2017-2018 CEU CALENDAR for an extended list of those CEUS available.
Classes will be held at the central office and at school locations across the school district. Most classes will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. There will also be some Saturday classes. There are also some online classes.
REMEMBER - You will now register for CEU classes online.You will go online at MUNIS Self Service at https://desoto.munisselfservice.com/default.aspx. You can find directions to do this by clicking on the tab on the left - Frequently Asked Questions > CEUs > How do I sign up for CEUs?
According to the MDE, CEUs must be obtained through an accredited CEU granting agency. Any Continuing Education Office at a college, university, or community/junior college is an accredited CEU granting agency.
Requirements for Certified Personnel
It is your responsibility to know the expiration date of your license, to maintain your renewal requirements, and to submit your application packet for renewal.
License Renewal Procedure
This is to inform you of important recent changes related to licensure renewals.
On Monday, July 12, 2017 Same Day Licensure Processing Walk –In Services was discontinued.
The process for renewal of only a standard license is the following effective July 17, 2017.
Effective Monday, July 17, 2017, all licensure renewal requests must be submitted directly to the Office of Educator Licensure for processing. The local school districts will no longer be renewing license.
Certified staff must go into their ELMS account and enter all their CEUS and/or college credits and comlpete their licensure application. Once submitted, the person must send the original CEU certificates of required continuing education units, and/or required number of college coursework credit hours on an official sealed transcript to:
Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensure, Post Office Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205
Application and transcript may also be submitted electronically via ELMS. Make sure the college puts on the transcript that it is for renewal of License.
Once you have completed the above process, it can take up to 10-30 working days after you send original certificates for renewal to the MDE. You will need to go back online to the MDE to check for your renewed license. Under Educator on the top right click on ELMS. Click On License Look Up on the bottom right. Put in your Social Security #. Click Search Educators. PRINT your renewed license off. Send the copy of the new license to Kerry Baker in the Human Resources Department of DeSoto County Schools.
REMEMBER: As a result of the original certificates now being available online, the OEL (Office of Educator Licensure) will no longer automatically mail original renewed certificates to educators. Email is the quickest and most efficient way for the OEL to communicate with the educator if there is a deficiency with the application, or to notify the educator once the licensure request has been processed. If you want it mailed, it cost $5.00. Just print it off.
Adding endorsements and upgrading a license must be sent to the Mississippi Department of Education. Contact the MDE for the process for these other licenses or check their website at http://www.mdek12.org.
Professional development for license renewal (CEUs or coursework) must be completed during the validity period of a 5-year standard license. You can see this information on your license in the left hand corner.
MDE does not accept CEUs for less than 0.5 or 5 contact hours. Teachers, please remember, you cannot repeat a CEU and use it again to renew your license.
SEMI credits for Career Administrators will be loaded into the ELMS professional development files by MDE.
To Replace a Lost CEU Certificate
For those CEUs received from DeSoto County School District between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2015, please complete the following form and send to Jo Cox at the Central Services Office.
Replacement of CEU Certificate Form
(requires Adobe Reader).
To replace CEUs received from North MS Education Consortium, Inc. since July 1, 2015, you must go to their website and request the replacement CEU.
You will pay online. They will send you the replacement CEU.
All CEUs we have done since July 1, 2015 have gone through NMEC.
If you have ever taken a CEU through NMEC, they have set you up an account. User name is your DCS email address. Password is 12435 if you have never been in and changed the password. You can check what CEUs you have taken through them this way.
How to Calculate CEU's
ONE CEU equals 10 hours of instruction.
Five hours of instruction equals 0.5 CEU.
THE FOLLOWING CHART MAY BE USED TO CALCULATE CEU'S ACQUIRED:
Length of Training
Who Will Report College Credit?
Requirements for Certified Personnel License Renewal
A standard educator license is granted to applicants meeting all licensing requirements and completing a state-approved or National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) approved teacher education program from a regionally/nationally accredited institution of higher learning. Within a certificate period individuals must complete the following:
|1. Class A|
1 A. Bachelor's degree in Teacher Education from a state approved or NCATE approved program from a regionally & nationally accredited institution of higher learning.
1 B. Praxis II (Principles of Learning and Teaching Test) OR NTE (Professional Knowledge Test)
1 C. Praxis II (Specialty Area Test) OR NTE (Specialty Area Test)
1A. Ten (10) CEU's in *content area or job skill related area
Content area refers to the area of licensure (e.g., math, science, special education, etc.)
Job Skill related areas include pedagogy and skills essential for effective teaching and leadership (e.g., computer technology, cooperative learning, learning styles, etc.)
1B. Three (3) semester hours in content area or job/skill related area
Five (5) CEU's in content area or job skill related area
1C. Six (6) semester hours in content area or job/skill related area.
1D. *Completion of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
*Completion of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards means you MUST complete the process and get a result of either pass or fail.
|2 Class AA|
2A. Meet the requirements for a Standard Class A License
2B. Master's Degree in the endorsement area in which license is requested.
2C. Degree.Master of Education Degree
2A. Three (3) semester hours in
2B. Five (5) CEU's in content area or job skill related area.
2C. Completion of the National Board of
|3. Class AAA|
3A. Meet the requirements for a Standard Class A License
3B. Specialist Degree in the endorsement area in which license is requested.
Specialist of Education Degree
3A. Three (3) semester hours in content or
3B. Five (5) CEU's in content area or
3C. Completion of the National Board of
|4. Class AAAA|
4A. Meet the requirements for a Standard Class A License
4B Degree. Doctoral Degree in the endorsement area in which license is requested.
Doctor of Education Degree
4A. Three (3) semester hours in content
4B. Five (5) CEU's in content area or
completion of the National Board of
Renewal of Current five-year standard license:
Standard Career Administrator:
Seventy (70) School Executive Management Institute (SEMI) credits
OR Six (6) hours of coursework
OR 35 SEMI credits AND 3 hrs coursework
OR Completion of a specialist or doctoral degree in educational administration/leadership